Smith & Wesson M&P Gun Review

The Smith and Wesson M&P were first introduced to the market in 2005. Although the name suggests that it's developed for law enforcement (Military and Police), it is becoming one of the most popular semi-automatic handgun in the country. Because of its popularity, various versions have been created to cater specific market depending on the state or use.

Performance

The basic configuration of the S&W M&P comes with barrel for 9mm bullets with 4.25-inch barrel. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds (chamber not included) and uses recoil action for efficient firing. The manufacturers have taken advantage of the original Browning design for this type of gun which makes it very easy to handle but still very efficient.

Features

Owners of S&W M&P are quick to point out the safety features attached to this gun. The gun comes with a sear lever used to deactivate or disassemble the hand gun. This replaces the need to pull the trigger which can cause accidental discharge during disassembly. Another safety feature is the striker fire trigger system. This type of system prevents accidental discharge when the gun is dropped. The S&W M&P will have to be squeezed to the end before any discharge. Users will also have an option for internal lock and thumb safety.

Appeal

The downside for this type of gun is already expected. Smith & Wesson doesn't sell handguns cheap. With that said, the S&W M&P will cost no less than $450 and could reach up to $600 for those who wanted to upgrade and add more accessories/magazines to the handgun. But for many owners of S&W M&P, the price is worth it because of ease of handling, impressive safety as well as interchangeability of back straps.
Overall, the S&W M&P is a highly recommended handgun for those who are looking for firearms that can be used for personal protection. It has an impressive firepower and comes with a wide variety of options in terms of upgrade and handling.

Summary

Headline: 

The Smith and Wesson M&P were first introduced to the market in 2005. Although the name suggests that it's developed for law enforcement (Military and Police), it is becoming one of the most popular semi-automatic handgun in the country. Because of its popularity, various versions have been created to cater specific market depending on the state or use.

Performance Rating: 
9.8
Performance: 

The basic configuration of the S&W M&P comes with barrel for 9mm bullets with 4.25-inch barrel. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds (chamber not included) and uses recoil action for efficient firing. The manufacturers have taken advantage of the original Browning design for this type of gun which makes it very easy to handle but still very efficient.

Features Rating: 
9.6
Features: 

Owners of S&W M&P are quick to point out the safety features attached to this gun. The gun comes with a sear lever used to deactivate or disassemble the hand gun. This replaces the need to pull the trigger which can cause accidental discharge during disassembly. Another safety feature is the striker fire trigger system. This type of system prevents accidental discharge when the gun is dropped. The S&W M&P will have to be squeezed to the end before any discharge. Users will also have an option for internal lock and thumb safety.

Appeal Rating: 
9.9
Appeal: 

The downside for this type of gun is already expected. Smith & Wesson doesn't sell handguns cheap. With that said, the S&W M&P will cost no less than $450 and could reach up to $600 for those who wanted to upgrade and add more accessories/magazines to the handgun. But for many owners of S&W M&P, the price is worth it because of ease of handling, impressive safety as well as interchangeability of back straps.
Overall, the S&W M&P is a highly recommended handgun for those who are looking for firearms that can be used for personal protection. It has an impressive firepower and comes with a wide variety of options in terms of upgrade and handling.

The main advantage of the handgun is its ergonomic design. The weight factor can be easily ignored by users of this handgun because the gun fits like a glove. The polymer grip effectively sticks to the hand right out of the box. It's also ambidextrous and adjustment to make the gun left-handed is very easy.
Aside from the polymer grip, users can also customize their M&P with a different back strap. This is very ideal for those who already have a preferred form of grip. They can simply swap the strap in the M&P and use them instantly.
Although S&W M&P is already an impressive handgun, there are some modifications or recommended upgrades to improve the gun owner's experience. Among them is the grip extension. This upgrade practically extends the magazine without additional rounds. This will allow users with big hands to grip the gun until the pinkie finger. Another recommended upgrade for the gun is its sight. For basic personal protection, the sights should be more than enough. However, gun enthusiasts who are constantly in competitive shooting should consider an improved sight.

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4 years 33 weeks ago, 6:39 PM

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Thanks, Marvin. Up to the time I first tried the M&P 9mm at Front Sight, I would not have thought any S&W semiauto worthy of serious consideration. But after having fired it in school exercises, I changed my mind quickly. They obviously took all of their bad experience data, went back to the drawing board, and did it almost perfectly with the M&P. This is a superb weapon, and can rival the best, IMHO.
One other thing that might be of interest to any members considering a semiauto pistol for the wife or girlfriend. From an ergonomics standpoint, the ladies often have difficulty with limp-wristing because of their smaller [than mens'] hands. This of course can lead to type 2 and 3 malfunctions. My wife had this problem [had to cock her wrist to get to the trigger] with her Glock 19, but otherwise loved the Glock. I took her to a very large, well stocked gun store, and we went through about every make of 9mm. ONLY ONE fullsize 9mm fit her perfectly--the M&P. She now shoots and carries the M&P compact model with the small backstrap, without malfunctions, and I believe, from her range results, she is also shooting more confidently and thus more accurately.
I have put 100 rounds thru her M&P, and I have to say honestly, that for a short barrel model, it is surprisingly accurate, and very easy to handle with the S&W finger rests installed on the magazines. As a bonus, S&W had a magazine promotion with her purchase, and she got two free magazines. In addition, since only one of the two original magazines had a finger rest, I called S&W to see if we could buy three more. They said call this phone number and tell them what you need. Short story--they sent three finger rests, no charge and shipping paid. Can't beat that with a stick. Viva S&W!!

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2 years 21 weeks ago, 3:36 PM

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Must be "make up day"

Missed this post till now.. Good stuff LLE, assuming she still has the M&P compact, really strange as this post goes back two years, and around this exact same time the youngest's boyfriend also purchased this weapon...

Weekend trips include a shopping trip to the Prescott Mall.. After dropping off the gals we drove down to the only indoor range in Prescott "high noon".. (for AZ residence on 69 in Prescott valley) He had been looking at the piece in PHX, and decided to buy it while we were there.. Stopped on the way home to fire it, and i also was impressed with it..Obviously no serious paper printing, just a matter of being comfortable to shoot, and with out a lot of muzzle flip.. He only received one extra magazine tho, and i can't remember if it had the finger rest on bottom front or not.. The boy unfortunately didn't last as long as the gun..

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3 years 27 weeks ago, 5:42 PM

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Friend of mine bought one a while back and it is a great gun. I got to put a few clips through it and it fires really nicely and produced nice tight groups. The only downfall to hers was that she bought the damn thing in PINK!

2 years 23 weeks ago, 3:59 PM

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What I think is interesting is that it says it will not sell for less that $450.. Have they priced a Wilson Combat pistol lately? Just saying, price is relative and Smith & Wesson is definitely one of the better manufacturers out there that don't charge an arm and a leg and they offer a lifetime warranty.

2 years 23 weeks ago, 4:21 PM

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Let us not confuse

this "piece" with the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 Carbine (of which I am a proud owner).....Just say'n!

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2 years 21 weeks ago, 1:22 PM

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I'm not familiar with the M&P 15 carbine, can you tell me more about it? Thanks.

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